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House Kennedy (Kanonklip, Kenloch)George Esselmont Gordon LEITH: Architect
Westcliff, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Wording on the Parktown Westcliff Heritage Trust Plaque
Designed by Gordon Leith in 1925 for Wilfred James Kennedy,
this house was one of the first grand mansions on the west side of
the Westcliff ridge. The careful use of local stone and imported
timber mark Leith as one of Sir Herbert BAKER's most faithful
proteges, as can be seen from the proportions of the tennis
pavilion at street level. Another pavilion above was Kennedy's
exhibit of British Columbian timbers at the 1936 British
Empire Exposition. Visible from Carlow Road are two
mounted 17th century Dutch Finbanker 8 pounder
cannons, dredged from Cape Town harbour
in the 1930's.
Submitted by William MARTINSON
All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.